Oscars: Top 20 Unforgivable Losses

20. Richard Burton ('Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf') loses Best Actor to Paul Scofield ('A Man for All Seasons')(1966)
19. Linda Blair ('The Exorcist') loses Best Supporting Actress to Tatum O'Neal ('Paper Moon'), who should have competed in the lead category in 1973
18. 'Apollo 13' loses Best Picture to 'Braveheart' (1995)
17. Clark Gable ('Gone with the Wind') loses Best Actor to Robert Donat ('Goodbye Mr. Chips') in 1939
16. Glenn Close ('The World According to Garp') loses Best Supporting Actress to Jessica Lange ('Tootsie') in 1982
15. Jaye Davidson ('The Crying Game') loses Best Supporting Actor to Gene Hackman ('Unforgiven') in 1992
14. Dustin Hoffman ('Midnight Cowboy') loses Best Actor to John Wayne ('True Grit') in 1969
13. 'Back to the Future' loses Best Original Screenplay to 'Witness' (1985)
9. 'The Man That Got Away' loses Best Original Song to 'Three Coins in the Fountain' (1954)
11. 'A Streetcar Named Desire' loses Best Picture to 'An American in Paris' (1951)
10. Peter O'Toole ('The Lion in Winter') loses Best Actor to Cliff Robertson ('Charlie') in 1969
9. Alfred Hitchcock ('Psycho') loses Best Director to Billy Wilder ('The Apartment') in 1960
8. 'Network' loses Best Picture to 'Rocky' (1976)
7. 'E.T.' loses Best Picture to 'Gandhi' (1982)
6. Felicity Huffman ('Transamerica') loses Best Actress to Reese Witherspoon ('Walk the Line') in 2005
5. 'The Social Network' loses Best Picture to 'The King's Speech' (2010)
4. Bette Davis ('All About Eve') and Gloria Swanson ('Sunset Boulevard') lose Best Actress to Judy Holliday ('Born Yesterday') in 1950
3. 'Brokeback Mountain' loses Best Picture to 'Crash' (2005)
2. Judy Garland ('A Star is Born') loses Best Actress to Grace Kelly ('The Country Girl') in 1954.
1. 'Citizen Kane' loses Best Picture to 'How Green Was My Valley' (1941)
20. Richard Burton ('Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf') loses Best Actor to Paul Scofield ('A Man for All Seasons')(1966)

OK, let's face it: We often have to endure some outrageous Oscar choices. We grin and bear them, but some doozies will never, never do. Let's count down the 20 worst snubs. Click the arrow along the right side of the photo above to continue.

Arguably, Richard Burton was Hollywood's greatest actor, but he went to his grave as Oscar's biggest loser. Among his 7 defeats was the greatest role of his esteemed career -- portraying  a warring spouse in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," which scored Oscar victories for two of its other stars: Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis. Instead, the Best Actor gold went to Paul Scofield, who swept to victory with the Best Picture win for "A Man for All Seasons."

To count down the rest of Oscar's unforgivable losses, click the arrow to the right of the picture above.

-- Tom O'Neil and Chris Beachum

 

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